As the past month has offered me lots of time to think things through, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some things which should be changed. And as always, you can make a difference on Patreon, so that I can make a difference for you 🙂
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I’ll focus less on the content, and more on the why this month. As you can see, there are always more creative perks, tutorials, and an amazing surprise package themed “Queen’s Cocktail” this month – comes along with 6 beautiful coasters, as I’m trying to produce new goodies which can actually be used, instead of being only some paper put on a wall.
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With the still ongoing Corona-crisis, lots of small businesses and artists are struggling. While it’s a difficult time, conventions and workshops being all canceled until July for now, I also saw this situation as a blessing.
I’ve always loved working, always kept pushing further and refused to see I was hurting myself. My back is constantly cracking, I’ve got a tendinitis in my right hand which regularly comes back, I was so stressed, … But in my focus on survival as everyone kept telling me that art was not an easy path, I wanted to show it was possible and kept doing more and more. When the crisis hit, I lost all my jobs at once – and unexpectedly, I felt relieved.
It’s been bothering me for a while that I was constantly stressing me out for other people – commissions with weird requirements and deadlines, driving through the whole country for workshops, sometimes several times a day, … I felt something was wrong, as people often request new personal artwork and stories which keep being postponed as personal projects, not worthy of being paid. And over the last month, where everything was on hold, I decided on what I really wanted to do.
I want to get a fresh start and create things that really matter.
Being stuck with so many workshops and commissions doesn’t allow me to do the things that are really important to me, and which I know will help, inspire and make a difference. I want to create stories that make you laugh and dream, be closer to my audience and travel more to get to know you better, create a special project based on my clothing drawing technique to help even more artists, accept lesser workshops but increase the output for my remaining students, … Those are all things I believe in, and after asking about feedback and the needs of both patrons and students, I feel this is the path I need to take. And, to have time for this, I want to drop most freelance work that holds me back.
I don’t know where this path will take me, I know for sure I’ll lose money and income, but I want to give it a try. For you in the long term, that means more projects, stories, artwork, better lessons and tutorials, cons and meetings, … When I read my favourite stories for instance, I’m amazed to see how the artists manage to publish a chapter every week, I want to be more regular and improve my work too, I feel happy and amazed to see it’s possible to live while doing what matters to you. With my art and stories, I want to make you feel the same – sharing inspiration, dreams and joy.
If you believe in my work and want to see more of it, you can become a Patron on Patreon! More than ever, I’m really enthusiastic about giving it my all, and offer you what’s best. If you need a monthly inspirational talk to motivate you for your own projects, the smallest 2$ tier can already give you that – the monthly newsletter always gives you a sooo detailed insight into every single project I’m tackling, art tips, struggles I’m facing, self-reflection, and generally, how I deal with freelancing and making a living as an artist. I’m trying lots of things you don’t see publicly, I’m failing at most (did you know I’ve been trying to set up three businesses so far?), but always learn along the way – and you can learn from it too, so that it hopefully gives you insight to do it better, and try your own things while already having some feedback.
As a Patreon supporter, you’re experiencing my art journey first hand, and also often have a word to say in what I’m doing – lots of new projects need feedback, and my Patrons are kind of my board of advisors. So, if you decide to join me, I’d be so happy to welcome you on board, so that we can create together 😀